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Investing in Authoritarian Rule: Punishment and Patronage in Rwanda's Gacaca Courts for Genocide Crimes


ISBN13: 9781107084087
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £64.99



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This book shows how Rwanda's transitional courts that tried genocide crimes - the gacaca - produced social complicity and cemented authoritarian rule. It is unique for its in-depth investigation of the courts' legal operations: confessions, denunciation, and lay judging, and shows how targeted incentives such as grants of clemency, opportunities for private gain, and career advancement drew the masses into the orbit of the ethnic minority-dominated regime.

Using previously untapped data, it illustrates how a decade of mass trials constructed a tacit patronage-driven relationship in which the interests of the citizenry became tied to the authoritarian elite that had discretionary power to grant or withdraw those benefits at will. The operation of law in individual behavior and authoritarian control presented in this volume will be of use to students and scholars in the social sciences, and practitioners interested in criminal law and transitional justice.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Africa
Contents:
Introduction

Part I. Clientelist and Authoritarian Legacies:
1. A history of clientelism in Rwanda
2. The RPF: an unrivaled patron

Part II. Formal and Informal Rules of the Game:
3. The mental map: shared expectations of rule
4. The gacaca court: deciding innocence and guilt

Part III. Consolidating Authoritarianism:
5. Confessions: surrendering the right to rule
6. Denunciations: local space and local control
7. Judges: political cooptation at the grassroots

Conclusion.